Rock On! Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka a #TBT Book Review

One of the very first books my (then) Kindergartner brought home from the school library was Punk Farm by Jarrett K. Krosoczka. What a sweet beginning to her elementary career.

So, to celebrate all the young students (and their parents) sharing the joys of the school library, we’ve pulled up this early favorite for this week’s Throwback Thursday book review.

punk farm by Jarrett Krosoczka Punk Farm

written and illustrated by Jarrett K. Krosoczka
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2005

Tonight’s the B-I-G night. Sheep, Cow, Goat, Chicken, and Pig, aka the band Punk Farm, has their big rock concert for all of the other animals. In the middle of their last practice, Cow hears footsteps in the farmhouse.

Oh, no! Farmer Joe is supposed to be asleep. Will the rest of the barnyard get to hear that screaming guitar?

Reading Tub review of Punk Farm – September 2007


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

The spammers have been having a blast with our Throwback Thursday posts … now its your turn to take back blogging from those nuisances. Did you review Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia? Or another book from May 2009? Add it to our linkup above or comments below.

Too late for the #TBT linkup?

No worries, add your review on our review page at the Reading Tub.

NOTES: Punk Farm cover image links to amazon.com. The Reading Tub has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. 100% of any income from this source is used for our literacy mission.

 

#TBT Reviews: Ivy and Bean series

It was a happy day when we discovered Ivy and Bean in our house! We’ve read nearly every book in the series, with reviews on The Reading Tub for The Ghost That Had to Go and Ivy and Bean Make the Rules.  I don’t know that I’ll ever get any more reviews written – but I’d love to make sure readers find out more about as many of the books in the Ivy and Bean series as possible. So p-l-e-a-s-e add your review link to our collection!

ivy and bean seriesIvy and Bean (series)

written by Annie Barrows
illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Chronicle Books, 2006 to 2014

from Ivy and Bean Make the Rules:

Bean’s older sister Nancy is going to Girl Power Camp for spring break. Bean COULD go to puppet camp, but that’s for “babies.” So she and Ivy set up their own camp in Monkey Park. The activities are ironically “just like” the ones in Nancy’s camp, but somehow they don’t turn out the same.

Reading Tub first Ivy and Bean book review, September 2009


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in June 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

The spammers have been having a blast with our Throwback Thursday posts … now its your turn to take back blogging from those nuisances. Did you review Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia? Or another book from May 2009? Add it to our linkup above or comments below.

Too late for the #TBT linkup?

No worries, add your review on our review page at the Reading Tub.

NOTES: Ivy and Bean Make the Rules  cover image links to amazon.com. The Reading Tub has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. 100% of any income from this source is used for our literacy mission.

Cybils Awards v. The Walking Dead – a No Brainer

Cybils AwardsWhy count the days until the The Walking Dead, when you could already be celebrating the launch of the 2015 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (@Cybils)?! See, I told you it was a no brainer!

This year, the Cybils Awards are celebrating its 10th Year! The 2015 Call for Judges opened on Monday, so while you’re waiting for that show to start, head on over to the blog to learn more about the Cybils Awards and, think about applying as a judge.

Rather than repeat last year’s post with my top three reasons why being part of the Cybils Awards rocks, I am going to ask you to consider three questions.

1. Do you read and blog about children’s and/or YA adult books?

Books nominated for the Cybils Awards come from readers just like you, and we’ll put out a call for nominations shortly.

BUT if books for kids and young adults are a staple in your reading and blogging diet, then why not share your knowledge with like-minded reviewers?

2. Do you love learning about new books?

As much as I read in a year (about 200 books), there are A-L-W-A-Y-S new books I discover through the Cybils process. Being a Cybils Panelist (Round 1) or Judge (Round 2) is a great way to grow as a reader. Whether you are into adding more titles to the TBR pile of your favorite genre, or are looking to stretch yourself more in a genre you don’t review as often, there is no better resource than fellow panelists and judges.

This also applies to learning about new blogs. I always find wonderful new kidlit and YAlit blogs that I want to follow. Little known fact: Katie Fitzpatrick (@MrsKatieFitz) and I met through the Cybils Awards process when she was a panelist one of my first years as the Easy Reader / Short Chapter Chair. Now she’s the chair!

3. Do you hate those long winter nights?

There is no better way to get through the ho-hums of winter than to curl up with a great book (or two or three!). Autumn can be a particularly busy time for some folks with re-establishing back-to-school routines, and the onslaught of holidays. I know those feelings. Come January you’ll be looking for meaningful discussion and new books to read!

If you answer yes to these three questions, and you are passionate about helping connect kids with books that have literary value and are kid friendly, then you really don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity. Trust us, its a no brainer!

 

The Cybils Awards 2015

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